SHARES: TAKING STOCK

Easynet, the Internet group, made the expected high-profile AIM debut. The shares touched 130p against the 100p placing by stockbroker Collins Stewart. They closed at 122p. MAID, the on-line information group noted for the volatile performance of its shares, has a 15 per cent interest. It gained 2p to 235p.

Visual FX, traded on Ofex, jumped 3p to 8p. The shares were floated at 5p. The company which produced a pounds 5,000 profit in its last year, designs and provides interactive media and Internet products.

Inspirations, the holiday group, continues to attract speculation of corporate activity. The holiday industry is convinced a bid or a share build-up is near. The shares gained 8p to 115p.

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